In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Fulton County Clerk of Superior Court Cathelene "Tina" Robinson (Atlanta Judicial Circuit) along with her staff of deputy clerks assembled on the steps of the Lewis R. Slaton Courthouse today for a moment of silence.
They released more than 100 purple balloons in honor of victims, survivors, and all others affected by domestic violence. The purple balloons were released with hand written messages on note cards from employees to encourage and offer positive inspiration to victims of domestic violence.
Domestic Violence is the willful intimidation, assault or any other abusive behavior toward a family member, household member or intimate partner. According to national data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 24 people per minute are victims of Domestic Violence.
"As we pause to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I encourage Fulton County residents and people throughout the country to join in efforts to speak out, raise awareness and shine the light on a dark issue that continues to plague our communities," says Clerk Robinson. "We see the harmful effects of domestic violence daily with the filing of protective orders. We want everyone in the community to know that help is available and that you no longer need to suffer in silence."
With awareness on the rise, Clerk Robinson and her staff believes that everyone should come together to support victims, to hold perpetrators accountable and more importantly put an end to this silent tragedy. Elizabeth Whipple, Esq., Director Domestic Violence & Guardian Programs and Constance Willis, Director of the Fulton County Safe House were present to show support in the initiative.